Rafa Benitez: We should have stopped Wolves equaliser

Newcastle Predicted XI: Wolves (A)

Newcastle Predicted XI: Wolves (A)

Rafael Benitez questioned the stoppage-time challenge on goalkeeper Martin Dubravka that resulted in Wolves salvaging a 1-1 draw against Newcastle.

Benitez said: "In England they don't understand the rules". That game ended in a 2-1 defeat for Newcastle, who conceded a 94th minute goal.

'Martin was talking about more protection, Jamal felt Martin could deal with the cross in another way. I can say many things but it will not change anything.

Benitez did however concede that his goalkeeper could have been stronger. You have to protect the keeper.

Defender Willy Boly headed past the Slovak in the 94th minute, although replays suggest he might have impeded Dubravka in doing so. "We have been here for years, and it's very hard to explain that".

"It is a bad way to concede".

"I'm disappointed, and I was happy with the performance of the team", said Benitez. Like the first game, we couldn't say too much and it didn't change what happened.

But, despite conceding late, Newcastle have won seven points from their last four games and also gave Almiron a second-half debut after his £20 million (Dh94.4m) move from Atlanta last month. Newcastle, as always, seem poised to either really do something cool or just be a disappointment to everybody, with 24 points they are only above the relegation places on goal difference so all in all this is a bigger night for Rafa B than Nuno Espírito Santo.

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